Grosses

'Minions' Returns to First on Thursday with $2.82M; 'Ant-Man' Remains #2 with $2.71M; 'Vacation' Falls to Third with $2.50MJuly 31, 2015 01:21 PM

by Daniel Garris

Minions was up two spots from Wednesday to lead the daily box office on Thursday with $2.82 million. The blockbuster 3D computer animated spin-off from Universal and Illumination Entertainment was unchanged from Wednesday and down a solid 41 percent from last Thursday. Minions placed in second for the week with $35.67 million. That represented a sizable 51 percent decline from the previous week and brings the film's three-week total to a very impressive $275.19 million.

Disney's Ant-Man held steady in second place with $2.71 million. The Paul Rudd led superhero film from Marvel fell 10 percent from Wednesday and 42 percent from last Thursday as the film clearly took a hit from the evening launch of Paramount's Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation. Ant-Man was the week's top film with a weekly take of $38.22 million. The film was down 53 percent from its opening week performance and continues to run towards the lower end of expectations with a solid two-week start of $119.53 million.

Vacation was down two spots and 34.5 percent from its opening day performance to land in third with $2.50 million. The comedy franchise re-launch from Warner Bros. has grossed a modest $6.32 million in its first two days. That is below pre-release expectations and places the film an underwhelming 45 percent behind the $11.49 million two-day midweek start of 2013's We're the Millers. At its current pace, Vacation appears headed for a soft five-day start in the area of $20 million.

Sony's Pixels took in $2.25 million to remain in fourth place. The Adam Sandler led 3D action comedy declined 6 percent from Wednesday. Pixels placed in third for the week with a lackluster seven-day start of $35.21 million. The film is currently running 41 percent behind the $59.52 million seven-day gross of 2013's Grown Ups 2, which is especially disappointing when considering that Pixels has the added advantage of higher priced 3D admissions.

Universal's Trainwreck rounded out Thursday's top five with $1.84 million. The critically acclaimed Amy Schumer led comedy was down 8 percent from Wednesday and down 41 percent from last Thursday. Trainwreck took fourth place for the week with $25.76 million. That represented a 42 percent decline from the film's opening week performance and places the film's two-week total at a strong $70.01 million.

Southpaw and Paper Towns rounded out their first week of release with respective sixth place and seventh place takes of $1.50 million and $1.33 million. The Weinstein Company's Southpaw fell 7 percent from Wednesday, while Fox's Paper Towns was down 6 percent. Southpaw exceeded expectations this week with a fifth place seven-day take of $22.56 million. Paper Towns opened well below expectations with a soft sixth place seven-day start of $17.88 million, though it should be noted that Paper Towns carried the smaller production budget between the two films.

Daily Domestic Gross Sun, Aug. 24 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Aug. 24 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Guardians of the Galaxy$4,902,775-34%3,371-326$1,454$251,456,0694Disney
2Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)$4,896,153-33%3,864-116$1,267$145,535,2533Paramount
3If I Stay$3,233,977-42%2,907--$1,112$15,679,1901Warner Bros. / New Line
4Let's Be Cops$2,971,425-35%3,14046$946$45,056,7012Fox
5When the Game Stands Tall$2,053,771-39%2,673--$768$8,381,5091Sony / TriStar
6The Expendables 3$1,863,620-32%3,2210$579$27,403,5622Lionsgate
7The Giver$1,628,165-41%3,0030$542$23,804,7782Weinstein Company
8Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame To Kill For$1,555,441-27%2,894--$537$6,317,6831Weinstein / Dimension
9The Hundred-Foot Journey$1,412,884-39%1,944-99$727$32,527,2103Disney / DreamWorks
10Into the Storm$1,005,631-42%2,375-1059$423$38,304,6933Warner Bros. / New Line
11Lucy$945,880-37%1,768-752$535$113,698,8605Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Aug. 24 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$284,738-41%733-529$388$203,937,5517Fox
2Get On Up$257,920-39%579-522$445$28,697,5854Universal
3Hercules (2014)$225,544-40%622-853$363$69,936,0925Paramount
4Step Up All In$211,808-32%948-1124$223$13,688,1203Lionsgate / Summit
5A Most Wanted Man$209,934-48%433-211$485$14,043,4995Roadside Attractions
6What If$172,958-40%680-107$254$2,221,3093CBS Films
7Calvary$143,075-36%240110$596$1,599,0074Fox Searchlight
8How to Train Your Dragon 2$136,122-39%353-24$386$172,107,28611Fox / DreamWorks Animation
9Transformers: Age of Extinction$116,413-31%28377$411$243,822,0629Paramount
10Earth to Echo$86,696-34%781627$111$38,034,5728Relativity Media
11Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$85,428-22%302261$283$6,526,22321Warner Bros. / IMAX
12The Purge: Anarchy$70,835-51%295-280$240$70,711,2456Universal
13And So It Goes$42,878-35%156-206$275$14,666,9995Clarius Entertainment
14X-Men: Days of Future Past$42,586-31%188-35$227$232,749,98714Fox
15Chef$37,220-45%105-17$354$29,517,27616Open Road
1622 Jump Street$36,497-56%135-37$270$190,267,74311Sony / Columbia
17The Fault in Our Stars$35,522-39%185-21$192$124,431,13412Fox
18Edge of Tomorrow$32,863-37%192-69$171$99,951,33912Warner Bros.
19Tammy$29,601-59%157-119$189$83,368,1608Warner Bros. / New Line
20Sex Tape$19,521-53%111-206$176$38,029,9746Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Aug. 24 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jersey Boys$13,572-26%64-51$212$46,702,87810Warner Bros.
2Yves Saint Laurent$12,781-29%213$609$492,2159Weinstein Company
3The One I Love$10,675-52%8--$1,334$48,0591RADiUS-TWC
4Blended$10,304-33%66-45$156$46,280,50714Warner Bros.
5Godzilla (2014)$9,578-41%70-48$137$200,661,30915Warner Bros.
6Begin Again$9,390-42%39-23$241$14,521,8599Weinstein Company
7Rio 2$7,827-34%72-56$109$131,482,65220Fox
8America (2014)$6,505-30%7210$90$14,412,5829Lionsgate
9Snowpiercer$6,322-45%28-14$226$4,428,2099RADiUS-TWC
10The Fluffy Movie$4,227-34%30-21$141$2,820,9395Open Road
11The Grand Seduction$3,341-54%19-6$176$3,366,79913eOne Films US
12Wish I Was Here$3,227-33%19-35$170$3,560,9456Focus
13Fed Up$76-38%2-3$38$1,538,89816RADiUS-TWC
14The LEGO Movie$57-62%7-8$8$257,749,64729Warner Bros.